What is Turmeric?
Turmeric has been known for a long time to have promoted healing. Turmeric root improves circulation, digestion, and reduces inflammation. The traditional Indian diet uses this spice a lot. It has a bright brilliant color. Turmeric’s main ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to have a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Because of the amount of turmeric in the daily curries of elderly citizens of India may be one of the main reasons they have very low incidences of Alzheimer’s disease.
As the western world gains more insights into how curcumin exerts its benefits, we are beginning to study it more. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that curcumin incorporates itself into cell membranes and makes them more orderly. This lets the membranes control the flow of substances in and out of cells more efficiently, which improves cells’ resistance to infection and malignancy.
The findings were published online March 3, 2009, for the Journal of the American Chemical Society.It’s good to see that the American scientific discovery teams are unraveling the processes behind natural healing. Slowly, we are putting together an impressive body of knowledge about the biochemistry of foods, which will help to bring about a day when doctors or physicians all over the world will be just as likely or maybe even more likely to prescribe dietary change rather than medications.